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Splinting is one part of many in treating a hand problem. We will focus on the splinting aspect, however it is important to always consult a professional to ensure splinting is approriate in each individual case. 

 

 

 

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Soft Thumb Supports

I am a big fan of the soft thumb supports. They are so versitile and I use them for a a lot of my patients.

 

They are great for the spastic hands to help reduce tone of the thumb. By helping relax the thumb, the tone of the whole hand tends to reduce. It is also a great proprioceptive stimulation to increase awareness of the hand and its' position.

 

I also use them for the CMC1 arthritic thumbs. Patients love the non-intrusive support which enables them to still fully use their hands.

 

I mainly use Fabrifoam to make these as it is a comfortable, breathable material. At times, when a more sturdy, longer lasting material is needed, Neoprene is a good option.

 

 

 

 

 


Recommended Reading Recommended Reading

                                      

The "Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity" is a must have book for anyone working in Hand Therapy.

This is a great book for anyone wanting to learn more about basic splinting principles, or for therapists teaching splinting.

Second Edition of Orthotic Intervention in the Hand and Upper Extremity is just out!

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